Friday, 27 September 2013

Six Facts About Sri-Lanka

Sri-Lanka has become one of the most violent and dangerous countries in the world. Under the Rajapaksa brothers, political violence and corruption have increased dramatically.

1. Sri-Lankan governments have been involved in state-sponsored terrorism and violence for the last 40 years.

In an interview with the British television presenter David Frost, Chandrika Kumaratunga - who was the President of Sri Lanka from 1994 to 2005 - stated that at the time that her husband Vijaya Kumaranatunga was assassinated, "Sri Lanka had killing fields; there was a lot of terror perpetrated by the government itself, state terrorism.”

The Sri-Lankan government is intensifying its crackdown on critics through threats, harassment, imprisonment and violent attacks, Amnesty International said in a report released in April this year.

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2. Sri-Lanka has the largest Cabinet in the world with more than 90 Ministers.

But the Rajapaksa brothers control more than 80% of the budget! The country is run like a corner shop!

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3. Sri-Lanka's chief justice is a pathological liar.                 

In November 2011, Mohan Peiris said the following in Geneva: "An investigation into the abduction of Prageeth Eknelygoda is being conducted by the police and by the CCD. Investigation is being continued. So far no one has been arrested in this connection."

But, according to the Asian Human Rights Commission, in a question and answer session after the presentation, Peiris said: “according to reliable information, Prageeth Eknelygoda has taken refuge in a foreign country and that the campaign against his disappearance is a hoax.” Peiris failed to provide detailed information about where Eknelygoda had fled, the AHRC correspondent said.

He was ordered to testify before a court in June 2012 during the case over Prageeth Eknaligoda’s disappearance. Peiris told the court that he was not aware of the whereabouts of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda!

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4. Sri-Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.

Reporters Without Borders ranks Sri-Lanka 163 out of 179 nations on its global Press Freedom Index 2011 - 2012. Sri-Lanka is ranked just above Somalia!

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5. Sri-Lanka has high level of corruption and the Rajapaksa brothers and their cronies are involved in looting the country.

A recent S&P report pointed to the country’s weak external liquidity “in the context of low income levels, relaxed lending practices and underwriting standards, as well as a weak payment culture and rule of law.

During the past 10 years, two state banks, Bank of Ceylon and Peoples Bank, wrote off 125 billion rupees, with the loan defaulters mostly backed by government politicians.

Market regulator Tilak Karunaratne quit in August 2012, saying he could no longer battle against a "mafia of crooks" preventing probes into insider trading and "pump-and-dump" scams in which investors drive up shares and then sell them.

Karunaratne's predecessor, Indrani Sugathadasa, also resigned in 2011, saying she was unwilling to compromise her "principles".

According to Transparency International, about US $ 500 million of the tsunami aid for Sri Lanka is unaccounted for and more than $ 603 million has been spent on projects unrelated to the disaster. In a report examining the funding, the group concluded the discrepancy between relief money received and money spent ''does not have a credible explanation''.

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6. Sri-Lanka relies heavily on more than one million maids in the Middle East for foreign exchange.

The Rajapaksa regime is involved in slave trade. It sends Singhalese and Muslims women to the Middle East to work as maids and receives fees and remittances of $2.5 billion per year - the second largest source of foreign exchange.

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